Civilization 5 Review

Civ 5 is just one of those games. You start it thinking you can control when you stop. You check the time realizing “5 minutes” was really 4 hours. You constantly lie to yourself wanting to do just one more thing before you stop. Every true gamer knows and loves this feeling and is always on a grand quest to find it. Here it is again from the man who brought us the other few games in our lives that did the exact same thing. This is civilization 5 and it has come to eat your time.

For those who don’t know, Civilization 5 is a turn based strategy game with a classic top down view. Rather than just being strictly military, like the majority of strategy games, this franchise has always had a little bit of a twist.

There are multiple ways to win in Civ 5: Military, Diplomacy, Culture, Science, or Doomsday (players hit the 500 turn max). Each one caters to a unique play style. You can build an army and destroy all of your foes to get the world map to have one satisfying color, or you can just as easily make friends and play defensively while aiming for another victory like science or culture. Each one is perfectly balanced so you can go for whatever victory you want and not be hindered by anything but your skill.

As well as making the right moves for the right victories, it’s almost equally as important to choose the right civilization. There are 18 civilizations to choose from, all with different advantages. Some bonuses include getting culture for every enemy you kill (Aztecs) or faster production towards world wonders (Egypt). Each civilization caters to one or two victories to compliment your style of play. If you’re a try-it-all kind of guy/gal, every civ allows you to experiment with new gameplay and keep the game feeling fresh every time.

Some might get turned off by civilization 5’s simplicity; Civ 4 was way more complicated (especially with the expansion packs).  I see civ 5 to be perfect. Not quite as simple as the console version Civilization Revolution, but not as complicated as it’s PC predecessor. This makes for a game that has an above average learning curve, but not so high it will repel everyone with a life. Civ 5 is beautiful and addicting. After 370 hours, I can’t wait to play just one more turn. It’s just one of those games.